McCoy ready to be the next Lufkin Panther to make it to the NFL

McCoy ready to be the next Lufkin Panther to make it to the NFL

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The last week has been hard to put into words for Erik McCoy.

“I don’t think it has really hit me yet,” McCoy said. “When i played in the bowl game I did not know yet what I was going to do. If I would have known, I would have taken it all in knowing it was the last game with the Aggies.”

On Thursday, McCoy declared he would be forgoing his final year of eligibility and entering the NFL draft. When he set off for college from Lufkin High School, he had two goals; first to graduate and second to get noticed by the NFL. He graduated in December. Due to redshirting his first year he would have been able to return for his final year of eligibility as a post-grad player.

“I would say it was the biggest determining factor that and the grades I got back from the NFL teams helped," McCoy said. “They were pretty favorable and I felt like it was time to go. I felt like I had accomplished everything that I needed to in College Station.”

Since realizing early on in his college career that the NFL was a real possibility he started to talking to another Aggie and Lufkin great, Jorvorskie Lane.

“I would talk to him to get guidance," McCoy said. “He was a big role model in my decision on what to do. I remember really falling in love with football watching him play for Lufkin when I was young.”

After signing as a two-star recruit, McCoy considers him blessed to be able to be months away from a professional contract.

“it was tough," McCoy said. "Coming out as a two star recruit, there is not a lot of hype coming out on you in college. I put in a bunch of hard work and dedication. Playing in College Station was some of the best years of my life. Just to run out of the tunnel every week with the 12th man yelling and screaming. It was one of the best feelings ever.”

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Now McCoy will continue to stay in shape and work to get things in order for the NFL draft in April from Nashville. If drafted it would be the second year in a row a Lufkin player is drafted to the league. Last year, McCoy’s high school teammate Keke Coutee was drafted by the Houston Texans.

McCoy is very much about supporting the Lufkin football program. He has simple advice for those who look to follow in his steps.

“I would say grades is huge,” McCoy said. "That played a big decision on where to play football and get my degree. My mom is a teacher so she put a big emphasis on that. "

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